Cascades walking trail and waterfall, Tidbinbilla

July 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The other day I went on a walk with some friends on a trail I'd never been on before - the Cascades trail. It links up with the Lyrebird trail in the rainforesty areas at the base of the well-known Camel's Hump walk. It was such an amazing place, I went back the next day with my tripod to get more photos!

I absolutely love rainforest - that cool, moist environment is so peaceful and lush.

The walk starts out from the carpark in a drier type of forest.

Start of the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveStart of Cascades trail

 

There is a little bit of climbing in this trail as you climb up towards the waterfall. But there's lots of gentle sections too, and it quickly turns into the moist rainforest...

The Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveTrail to Cascades waterfall

 

Before too long you arrive at the Cascades waterfall, a gentle little fall flowing down into a crystal clear little creek.

Cascades waterfall, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveCascades waterfall-2

 

There is a really large tree fern growing upright at the base of the fall, like a giant umbrella!

Cascades waterfall, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveCascades waterfall

 

I think one of the most interesting parts of the walk is spotting all the different types of fungi and mushrooms - I found a few!

Mushrooms on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveMushrooms on trunk

Mushrooms on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveAnother mushroom

Mushrooms on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveMushroom on stump

Mushrooms on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveLots of mushrooms

 

Lots of moss too...

Moss on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveMossy rocks next to trail

Moss on the Cascades trail, Tidbinbilla Nature ReserveMoss

 

The thing I love about visiting Tidbinbilla is that you're just as likely to see some interesting animals on the drive there or home as you are in the reserve... I got the closest I've ever been to a brown falcon after seeing it in a tree on the side of the road!!!

Brown falconBrown falcon

All in all an enjoyable day :)


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